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How the midterm election outcome will impact health care

Many experts predicted that Republicans would gain control of the U.S. Senate and maintain a modest majority in the U.S. House in Tuesday's elections. But we woke up this morning to find that Republicans dominated state governor’s races as well, winning in traditionally Democratic states like Massachusetts, Maryland, and Illinois.

What will these changes mean for the health care sector? While repeal or overhaul of the ACA is nearly impossible, we could see changes in individual provisions of the law and robust debate around health care spending and the future of Medicare and Medicaid. There's no doubt that the election will impact providers for the next two years and beyond. Read about five key takeaways on how this shift in power will impact health care issues.

Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015 Facility Tour Information

At the conference this year, you will have the opportunity to tour Nemours Children’s Hospital. This exciting event will include presentations from the Nemours Continuous Improvement department on the hospital’s design concept and the integration of their CI work with service excellence. The tour will highlight the following areas of interest: Integrated Huddle, Logistics Center, ED Daily Management board, and the Blue Bin/Demand Flow supply system.

Hospital medical errors reduced 20 percent with improved patient handoffs

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that medical errors could be reduced by 30 percent by improving verbal and written communications between healthcare providers during patient handoffs. Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital analyzed the results of implementing the I-PASS system of bundled communication and training tools for patient handoffs at nine hospitals, covering a total of 10,740 patient admissions.

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) position statement on perioperative safe staffing and on-call practices

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses has revised and released official position statements on safe staffing guidelines and on-call practices. AORN revised and released these updated recommended guidelines in response to the evolving models of healthcare delivery affecting perioperative nursing practices in different settings, according to an AORN news release. 

Study: Risk of hospital infections increases at end of work shifts

A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology reveals that nurses, physicians and other hospital workers tend to wash their hands less frequently as their work shift progresses, with a nearly 9 percent drop in compliance with hand-washing protocols from the beginning to the end of a 12-hour shift. Researchers studied three years of hand-washing data on 4,157 healthcare workers in 35 U.S. hospitals. They attribute the decline in compliance to mental fatigue and the fact that hand hygiene is considered a low-priority task among health workers.

We need you!

In order for us to be able to increase the winning amount and ensure continuity of the paper competition and the new You-tube contest in the coming years we need your support. We have created a fundraising page for each of the two competitions. We ask for your assistance in helping pony up contributions. Remember, your company may be able to match your tax-deductible contribution.

Graduate Student Paper Competition | SHS YouTube Student Video Contest 

Readmitted patient interview form: Inspiration from Cleveland Clinic

Medicare will reduce reimbursements for 2,610 hospitals in FY 2015 because of excessive readmissions. So prioritizing readmission reduction at your organization is less a question of "Should we?" and more a question of "How can we?" To start, go straight to the source. Interviewing all patients and families at the point of readmission is the first step toward isolating root causes and making system-wide improvements.

DEADLINE EXTENDED to Dec. 20 for solutions in the SHS Student Simulation Competition

The deadline to submit solutions for the FlexSim case study has been extended to Dec. 20. That’s seven extra days for entered teams to develop their solution and submit it by the new deadline! For more information on the competition and deadlines, click here. For questions, contact Bonnie Cameron.

Member milestones

Please join us in congratulating Samuel Littlejohn for his 5 years of continued service and membership with Society for Health Systems. This member has completed milestone years of service to the society in the month of December 2014.


SHS NewsletterDecember 2014

The December 2014 issue of the SHS Newsletter leads with an article about how the midterm election outcome will impact health care. Early-bird registration information is provided for the upcoming Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015, Feb. 18-20 in Orlando, Florida, and the facility tour of Nemours Children's Hospital. Read biographies of three members recognized as new members with successful careers and articles on periOperative safe staffing, how patient handoffs reduced hospital medical errors by 20 percent, and the risk of hospital infection increases at the end of work shifts. There are also links to donation pages for the Graduate Student Paper Competition, the SHS YouTube Student Video Contest and the SHS Scholarship Fund. This issue also includes the extended deadline date for solutions in the SHS Student Simulation competition and submittal information for the Student Paper Competition as well as listings for upcoming webinars.


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